Verizon is clearly excited about tomorrow’s launch of the new 2014 HTC One: we’ve seen leaked images of the phone’s packaging itself, accessories, and promotional material, all with Verizon branding. Those promo graphics also suggested that the carrier might have the phone up for sale just moments after its unveiling, mirroring similar claims from UK retailers. But then over the weekend we started hearing that maybe Verizon might be alone in the US when it comes to this early access to the new One, and that while it would start selling the handset tomorrow, other US carriers wouldn’t get the phone for another two weeks. As we wait for official confirmation on just how sales are going to work, a Verizon social post might have spilled the beans about the nature of this exclusivity.
Verizon posted a Facebook message about this “newest HTC” model, initially writing that the phone would be “in our stores exclusively on 3.25.14.” A short time later, that post was edited to remove the bit about stores and exclusives, and replaced with the “get ready to hit refresh” text we saw in that promo leak.
This may be a stretch, but the specific mention about an in-store exclusive is fueling a theory that Verizon’s exclusivity may only extend to brick-and-mortar locations, and that the other carriers would be free to sell the phone online.
Even if that’s true, it doesn’t necessarily mean that T-Mobile or AT&T would start accepting orders as of tomorrow, but it has us hopeful that they might get the ball rolling sometime a little earlier than the “couple of weeks” from now that last rumor suggested.